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October 20, 2015

One in custody after Kensington home invasion

A suspect is in custody after a violent home invasion in Kensington early Tuesday morning, CBSPhilly reports.

The incident occurred before 3 a.m. on the 3100 block of Front St.

According to police, two men wearing masks broke into a home where three people were asleep.

The suspects, one with a knife and the other with a hammer, tied up a man and a woman and then kidnapped the second woman, police said.

Authorities said the suspects tied the man to a bed with wire, stabbed him in the chest and hit him in the face. The woman, 26, was tied to a chair with wire around her neck, officials said.

The second woman was taken to Kensington and Allegheny avenues, where she was forced to withdraw $100 for one of the suspects, police said. She was then taken back to the home.

"Upon police arrival, they saw a female screaming, involved in an altercation with a male who was wearing a mask, gloves and he was armed with a hammer," Chief Inspector Scott Small told CBSPhilly. 

"When police went to apprehend this male, the male jumped into a Honda that was running. The officers did a great job; they jumped into the Honda and they wrestled with the male. The male tried to accelerate and take off, one of the officers actually put his foot on the brake. They wrestled with this male and took him into custody."

The second man fled on foot. Police plan to review surveillance video from near the ATM.

The victims were taken to the hospital.

The incident remains under investigation.